||The SRD 3.5 PDF published by Cartography Unlimited for RPGs is a massive, 1143-page, electronic tome that collects *all* of the free rich text 3.5 SRD documents released by Wizards of the Coast into a single, utilitarian, document. Obviously, if you?re not a fan of the 3.5 SRD rules, you won?t find much in the SRD 3.5 PDF to be excited about. If, on the other hand, you?re somebody who has had an interest in the 3.5 SRD rules, but didn?t feel like manually searching 1000+ pages of multiple rich text documents - this product is a godsend.
Laid out in a simple two-column format, the document is both heavily bookmarked for quick and painless searching. While that alone makes it a worthwhile investment at $5.00, it also includes section ?tabs? at the top of every page that allow you to navigate to the beginning of a given section with a single click. I?m currently in the process of developing an OGC product myself, and was nearly at my wit?s end after many days of manually scanning the many rich text SRD files available for free from Wizards of the Coast.. Not only is the SRD 3.5 PDF saving me a lot of hassles as a developer, but if I want to run a fantasy game using the 3.5 SRD rules, this easily searchable PDF is just what the doctor ordered.
Now, having dished out some praise, the only two things that I felt detracted from the product were its lack of interior artwork and its somewhat densely packed font. Now, to be clear, excluding art and using a small font makes perfect sense from a design standpoint - the product is designed to be a utilitarian workhorse, not a conversation piece. I?m merely getting old, and reading the densely packed font with very little to break it up is murder on my eyes (thankfully, the zoom function of my viewer alleviates that problem sufficiently).
In the end, the SRD 3.5 PDF achieves exactly what it sets out to do, serving as a comprehensive, user-friendly, presentation of the 3.5 SRD material. For that I give it high marks and recommend it to anybody who develops games based on the 3.5 SRD rules, as well as anybody who has interest in playing games based on those rules, but either can?t afford to (or doesn?t want to) drop $90 on the core rule books. At $5.00 this thoroughly indexed, comprehensive, tome of OGC material is a good value.
[Note: The ad copy for the product indicates that, as updates are made to the product, the consumer will receive them free of charge via email. I presently have no way to evaluate these updates or the distribution thereof, and have thus refrained from commenting on them for the purposes of this review.]
LIKED: The thorough indexing and use of section-specific bookmarks. The comprehensive coverage of the 3.5 SRD material.
DISLIKED: The lack of art to break up the dense text and the somewhat small font.
QUALITY: Very Good
VALUE: Very Satisfied
[4 of 5 Stars!]